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Up-and-coming UTA alumni grab top honors at DFW business publications

Friday, April 15, 2016

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Nine University of Texas at Arlington alumni have been named to the 2016 Fort Worth Business and Dallas Business Journal “40 Under 40” lists, which honor rising leaders for accomplishments in their chosen fields and service commitment to the North Texas community. 

“The recognition of these alumni exemplifies the difference Mavericks are making in our local region and across the state,” said Michael Kingan, UTA vice president for development and alumni relations. “From business to psychology to engineering, UTA’s nationally ranked programs are preparing the next generation of leaders to make a true Maverick difference in the world around them.”

Recognized by the Dallas Business Journal are:

Nafees Alam, who earned his bachelor’s degree in information systems UTA in 2002. Alam is chief executive officer at DRG Concepts, a restaurant group managing an assortment of thriving restaurants in Dallas. Alam earned the UTA College of Business Outstanding Alumni Award for Early Career Achievement in 2013.

Rachel L. Proctor, who earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from UTA in 2006 and owns Raysquared Inc., where she mentors and coaches entrepreneurs. Proctor is also a member of the DeSoto City Council and the youngest African-American woman to be elected to the body.

Stacy Bowers, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from UTA in 2006 and is the vice president of community development lending at BBVA Compass Bank. Bowers is involved in several civic and professional organizations including Business and Community Lenders of Texas Board of Directors. She also was recognized on the 2016 Fort Worth Business “40 Under 40” list.

Recognized by Fort Worth Business are:

Ben Austin, who earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from UTA in 2001 and is the vice president of operations at Muckleroy & Falls, a full-service commercial construction company. Austin has been involved in several notable projects, including DFW Airport Terminal D and Toyota North American Headquarters.

Rian Maguire, who earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2001 and his master’s in business in 2005, both from UTA. Maguire is a principal at Carnegie Holdings Company LLC, a boutique commercial real estate development and acquisition company.

Rory Maguire, who earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and master’s degree in real estate finance from UTA. Rory, the twin brother of Rian, also is a principal at Carnegie Holdings Company LLC.

Ashley Purgason, who earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in biology from UTA while also playing for the Lady Mavericks basketball team and serving as a University of Texas System student regent. Purgason is now assistant vice president for Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the President at UTA.

Caroline Thomas, who earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UTA in 2007 and works in commercial sales and support at Origin Bank. Thomas is an advocate with CASA of Tarrant County and is a Recovery Resource Council board member.

Kathleen Weaver, who earned an Executive MBA from UTA in 2014 and is the senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Ryan LLC, a global tax service firm.  Weaver is involved in several civic and professional organizations including the Dallas Human Resource Management Association and American Society of Training & Development.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php

--Written by Hillary Green

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